The Ambassador Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Past guests and reviewers all praise the fantastic views from the rooftop terrace
  • The hotel is close to Istanbul's top sights, including the Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern & Hagia Sophia
  • Guests get free breakfast & free Wi-Fi
  • There's a spa, a restaurant, a Turkish bath & a 24-hour fitness centre within the hotel

"A steal... the view alone is worth it" -- National Geographic

Map & Directions

The hotel runs a shuttle to and from Istanbul Atatürk and Sabiha Gokcen airports. Arrange pick-up with the hotel before you arrive. Alternatively, a taxi should cost around £12 each way from Atatürk. If you're arriving by train, the city's main station (İstanbul Sirkeci Terminal) is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. From there, train services run across Turkey and to destinations elsewhere in Europe.

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The Ambassador Hotel is in the centre of Istanbul, a 5-minute walk from the spectacularly decorated dome of the iconic Blue Mosque -- "Istanbul's most photogenic building", according to Lonely Planet.

The boutique hotel is in the heart of Sultanahmet, opposite the tram stop, putting it in an ideal spot for visiting the city's top attractions. The Basilica Cistern is a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and the Hagia Sophia is a 10-minute walk. The Guardian says the hotel is "very handy for all the main sights", adding that "the friendly staff are a joy".

Features include a spa, a restaurant, a Turkish bath and a 24-hour fitness centre. All guests get a free buffet breakfast. The hotel's rooftop terrace, where breakfast is served, turns into a bar for afternoon and evening drinks. The Daily Telegraph describes the views as "fabulous", while National Geographic says "the view alone is worth it". The lobby bar serves local wines and fresh pastries.

Guest rooms have free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, slippers and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Upgrade to a Deluxe Room for a larger bathroom with a Jacuzzi, a bottle of wine and a fruit basket.

From the press:

  • "A sleek neighbor to the Nomade, The Ambassador is centrally located, has an amazingly friendly and helpful staff, wireless internet throughout. Still, the best part about it is its amazing rooftop terrace: with free morning guest breakfasts and a bar for afternoons and evenings. The view alone is worth it" -- National Geographic

  • "Its terrace restaurant has fabulous views over the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Aya Sofya Museum" -- The Daily Telegraph

  • "It is very handy for all the main sights and possesses a wonderful rooftop terrace offering fantastic views of Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Bosphorus. The friendly staff are a joy" -- The Guardian



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers


Check-in: Standard Time is 1pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 1pm Check-out time is 12pm

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • One child 5 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: EUR 25 per vehicle (one way)
  • Rollaway bed fee: EUR 48.0 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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